Day in history for February 19, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Chicago Democratic Press boasts that Chicago now has 3,000 miles of railroad entering that city, and that Chicago has not paid one dollar to help build any railway. The Argus replies that Chicago should be ashamed to say that it has not bought stock in the railroads that small towns all along the way are paying for.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island saloons were well picketed yesterday by committees from the churches.

1904 -- 100 years ago
With the first promise of spring, all is activity at the New Shops (Silvis). One contractor has staked out 20 houses. Plans are ready for a three-story hotel. There's even talk of an opera house for the new railroad town.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Eulalia Herman, 16, Rock Island, won acclaim as a piano soloist with the Tri-City Symphony Orchestra.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Gust Thormann, 3804 22nd Ave., Rock Island, likes The Argus. Her favorite evening past time is sitting in her easy chair and reading the paper from front page to back. Her interest in The Argus has resulted in an unusual collection. It is a coffee can full of receipts from Argus carrier boys dating from March 14, 1942.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A roaming pack of large dogs attacked two persons in East Moline in separate incidents late Wednesday and early this morning. Animal Control Officer Earl Burklund said dog packs have become a serious problem in the past 10 days, apparently because it's the mating season.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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